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Bound to silver Book 3: Solis Invicti Series – Book Review

Bound in Silver book 3

If you’re living against the clock, try not to do it in a cage.

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.

In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.

Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Pages: 227
Available: Kindle and paperback
Overall ratings:  
Amazon – 5/5 stars
Goodreads – 4.65 / 5 stars

Previous book reviews by me for this series
A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review
The price of silver: Book 2 Solis Invicti series


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Please read the first two books to understand this story, and the characters involved – This may be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two books, links above.

I received an Arc copy of this book for an honest review.

Oliver/Ollie and Emmy are sent to spend time in a small one bed cell to serve their sentence for supposedly risking, and killing multiple humans and Silver ( not intentionally).  This book follows on from The price of silver where Emmy is trying to save her friends captured by the rebels.  Emmy is caught up in a planned explosion by the rebels which implicates her.  Ollie and Emmy are the only survivors post explosion, but Emmy cannot explain why she is still alive because before she lost consciousness she could have sworn she was dying, and definitely had broken bones.

Bound in Silver is based on the 3rd week from when the Weepers/Zombies become public in England.  Emmy has lost her bond with Drew, which no one can explain.
After being sentenced to her small cell with Ollie after being publicly named a rebel, Emmy is sworn to fail her challenges which have been set to turn Silver (No turning back now).
Emmy is forced to get to know Ollie on a more intimate level, enduring weepers at their cell door, 15 mile walks with no protection and constant scrutiny.

The prologue gave it away that Emmy makes it as far as the casting, however there is a bigger surprise waiting for her, not even Drew or her enemy Ben could have planned what was going to happen next.
Once the huge secret is revealed Ben is more determined to kill Emmy and those attached to her.

This book is left on a huge cliffhanger, I had to start book 4 – (The Silver Bullet) on the same day, I just couldn’t wait another day.  I was drawn in by the book focusing on just the two characters, their relationship, friendship and survival.
Emmy is still battling to decide what she really wants, who she really wants.  I found this part the most frustrating, I just wanted to reach into the book and shake Emmy screaming ” pick someone or let them go for goodness sake”.

Lots of sexual tension, sex, action, anger, secrets and huge reveals!

Will Emmy turn Silver, will she survive confinement and what awaits her at the trial….

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A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review

A bargain in silver Book 1
If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Pages : 358

Available on: Kindle (£2.99) , Kindle Unlimited or paperback format  (£7.99)
Genre: Fantasy, fantasy romance, Vampires.

Reviews:
Amazon : 13 reviews – overall 4.5/5 rating
Goodreads: 53 reviews – overall 3.91 rating


Review:

The book follows Emmy on her journey in just one week.  Normally works at a bar in London, one night on her way home she is attacked by Weepers ( zombies) and saved by Drew, one of the Silver ( Vampire).
In 24 hours the whole country is under attack from Weepers, the Solis Invicti offer sanctuary for all humans as long as the rules are followed, the leader of the Silver is the one and only Solomon followed by his Secondus Andrew ” Drew”.  Those resisting will be killed, those who wish to be safe are set to work to rebuild a new country.
The prologue is set 6 months from the country falling.  This is the first book of four, each based on one week in Emmy’s life from the beginning of the end.

Emmy is a strong woman, at first resisting with her friends, planning to live outside the boundaries, however nothing ever goes to plan.
Emmy is forced to be with the Silver, after already bumping into Drew at the beginning she has an advantage, but only if it benefits her in the long run.  On the other hand due to her stubbornness and strong character she attracts the attention from the leader Sol aka Solomon, which comes along with it’s own boundaries and unwanted attention.
Emmy is then forced to bounce back and forth between the two most powerful Silver/Vampires in existence, whilst protecting her reputation as not being seen as another weak human.

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Overall:
I loved the book.  I was addicted from the beginning.  As most of you know I was in a reading slump from the last book I read, this book has brought me back.  I completed this book in a day I would say, just two sittings.

I have never come across a book where the author includes two fantasy figures, zombies ( Weepers) and Vampires (The silver).  The way Josie Jaffrey writes is fantastic, it has been a while since I have been sucked into the fantasy world, and I am very keen to read the second book “The price of silver”.

The book did not feel rushed, there was always something happening in each chapter, lots to learn about the silver and it leads well into the second book.
Plenty of sexual tension not only between Drew and Emmy but between her and Sol.

If you love fantasy, romance  and a good page turner then this is the book for you.  I am so addicted, if it wasn’t for me needing to sleep last night I would have stayed up late to finish it.

Ahhh I just cannot get across how much you should all read this book.

Josie Jaffrey
I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

 

Close to home By Cara Hunter: Book Review

35478322Someone took Daisy Mason.
Someone YOU KNOW.

Twists galore, a gripping race against time, and police characters you’ll love – if you were addicted to Broadchurch and Line of Duty, then CLOSE TO HOME is for you.

How can a child go missing without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying.

And that Daisy’s time is running out…


I was sent an ARC copy via Netgalley to review this book for free.

Published 27th December 2017
Pages: 385
Available as: Kindle, Audiobook and paperback.
Amazon rating:
Amazon 4.5

I firstly have to admit that I did not complete this book, I read about 40% and for reasons I will soon share.  Obviously not a good start, however please hold on and read my reasons as to why I didn’t wish to carry on reading as this book has a range of positive and negative reviews online.

I requested to review this book via Netgalley through Penguin publishers.  I have been interested in this genre (Crime, mystery) since reading books like, The couple next door, The girl on the train and Marriage made me do it.
Some of the reviews on Netgalley were positive, and the blurb was very promising.  Obviously I requested this book pre release, therefor reviews were small and spoiler free.

The beginning of the book jumps straight into finding the missing girl Daisy from her parents home during a party.
Straight away I was intrigued as this book used a different layout.  The layout started off as most traditional stories do then lead onto the use of social media- Facebook Status’, Twitter feeds and general newspaper snippets, it really added a modern touch, a bit of realism, how people jump to conclusions and how facts get blown out of proportions via social media.

The book included interviews, different views and perspectives from many characters.
Especially a deeper look into Detective Everett and his personal reasons for wanting the case.

The beginning reminded me very much of how The couple next door started, however I was not hooked with the first few chapters.  I need to feel drawn in as soon as otherwise I lose interest.  However I thought I have to give this book a fair chance and at least try to read until 50%, however only managed 40%.
I found I just fell into a reading slump and did not want to pick the book back up, instead I just stared at it and kept thinking how bored I was.  Unfair I know but I find reading a hobby, I don’t like wasting time if the story is not for me.  Again not every book is for everyone.  As the rating above shows, a lot of people actually enjoyed it.

Reviews:
Goodreads- 

“This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters.”- Gary

“This was a great read that I would have given a 5* rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I’m only giving a 4* rating.” – Annie

Amazon-

“A brilliant crime thriller! Couldn’t put it down. This story twists and turns so much I just didn’t know which way it was going to go.” – Cherrymayhem

“An enjoyable read but I felt that quite a few of the characters were under developed e.g Leo, and some of the minor police officers.”  – Marg

Book Review: Seeker By Sarai Henderson (Hunter saga) teens & YA

Genre: SciFi & Fantasy.  Teens & YA

Six months ago, Hunter’s life turned upside-down. Seeker is dead, a tragedy that’s left Hunter empty and alone. Talon, an agency of super humans, now looks to her for leadership. When several agents are found dead with mysterious injuries, she has no choice but to track down the killer herself or risk the lives of her teammates and friends. 

Hunter finds herself in Arizona, where things turn deadly, sending her right into the hands of the one person that could take everything from her—her mother.

Forced to do Mother’s bidding, Hunter does the only thing she can … she survives. One grueling day at a time. Will Hunter become the next victim of the killer who has taken so many of her friends’ lives? Will she become the murderous telepath Mother wants her to be? Or will she somehow find a way out of this deadly situation full of so many risks…

Review:

I recieved an ARC copy of this book by Netgalley to review.

This is the second book in the series.  First thing is, I have never read the first book and I don’t think I will, this story was easy to follow and I picked up what happened to Hunter/Sasha quickly.  The flashbacks were minimal and did not take up too much of the storyline.  Always a bonus, some books just drag, no time for that.

Shasha is only 17 but throughout the book I liked how she was portrayed as a mature young adult, after all she is a telepath, not  something all teenagers posses, I’m jealous really, if only my life was so exciting.  

She is a leader and a loyal friend, after losing Seeker/Jesse, Hunter is not prepared to lose anyone else, after all they are family.  When two of her friends are harmed and one passes away, she is ready to seek revenge and protect the rest of her kind, from a new serum meant to enhance abilities.


Sasha faces her biggest trial yet, kidnapped by a man called Hawk a “normal” and then taken to the Compound to face her mother Katherine Harper.  Not the loving supportive mother we probably have.  

Katherine wants to use Hunters skills for her own use, to wipe out the rest of the telepaths, and form her own enhanced versions, using the X serum, by making an army.  I did like that Hunters teenage Moody side came out when she was interacting with her mum, after all, what teenager really wants to listen to what their mum has to say, she definitely doesn’t follow the rules.  And I like that ( good on her).

My overall view of this book is that I really enjoyed it.  It is aimed at teens and young adults, so there is very minimal romance ( I miss this in books- probably due to the intimate and relationship development but this is a teenage book) ,there is a little more action, and a lot more friendship.  It is a very good read though if you want something light hearted. 

If you are in your 20’s like me though maybe it isn’t for you, like I said I now read books with more romance, sexual tension and more depth, so this was very light reading for me, but still pleasant.

 I am actually interested in reading the next book, it did finish on a cliffhanger, sort of feel the book didn’t have a lot happening.  Was like a tv series where one particular event is explained but you have to stay tuned to see what happens next.

Always addicted to books that lead into a series.

If you enjoyed this book to please comment below.  And don’t forget to leave a like please.  
Hannah xox

Book Review: Cast in Angelfire – The Mage craft series.

Cast in angelfireNineteen-year-old Marion can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital. All she knows that a lot of people want to kill her. And her would-be assassins are not human…

Vampires are real. So are faeries and angels.

They all want Marion dead.

Surrounded by enemies, Marion turns to Lucas Flynn: a mysterious doctor who seems to know more than he’s letting on. He’s as good with a gun as he is with a scalpel. He fights like a demon but claims that he’s human. And he’s hellbent on protecting Marion.

Lucas claims that Marion is a mage: half-witch, half-angel with terrifying powers that could crack the world. But Marion can’t remember how to cast magic any more than she can remember where she comes from.

Marion must find her identity and her power…before the forgotten sins of her past catch up with her.


Genre:  SciFi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Star rating : 4 stars

Review

Cast in Angelfire: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Mage Craft Series Book 1) by [Reine, SM]

I promise this will not all be negatives just read on to get a good idea of my thoughts.
First impressions, I knew this was based at teens and YA, so I was prepared for it to be a lot tamer than the books I read a lot of lately….. Romance is a bit different haha.
Anyway when I first started to read this book I did find it quite hard to follow for the first 50% of the story.   The different forms of paranormal characters were really hard to follow, I understood the werewolves, witches, and angels but there were a few other species I really did not understand.  And I love my fantasy books so I normally come across the same sort of creatures, but I was thrown in this book.

The beginning of the book jumps into the night before Marion loses her memories. There is a rather large price on her head, and every species is after her.  The first half of the book then explores Marion  travelling with Dr. Lucas Flynn, to where she thinks home could be, in hopes it will lead her to this Seth Wilder.  Seth wilder becomes clear later on.

I did find this book hard to understand and was struggling to read it until I was half way through.  That was when things really started to happen, and I felt there was a plot thickening.  The second half of the book was filled with tension, mystery, action and chemistry.
I enjoyed reading about the relationship that Lucas and Marion shared, it is definitely unique, and this becomes clear in the beginning.

Obviously as it is a young adult and teens book there was no sex.  Well…… there was the odd sexual moment,  there was one scene focused on Marion watching an Orgy,  that was umm interesting, and actually made me giggle because of the way it was described.  But the author definitely made me feel like I was reading form a 19 year old perspective which is perfect, and exactly the sort of audience the author was going for.  I did enjoy this, and that is why I gave it 4 stars.

I am actually very interested in reading the second book

Cast in Hellfire: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Mage Craft Series Book 2) by [Reine, SM]


The author

S.M. Reine

I’m an Air Force brat who was born in the midwest, lived overseas for a few years, and came back to the United States to settle down in beautiful, barren Nevada. I’ve known that I wanted to be a writer for almost my entire life, after I finally gave up on becoming a velociraptor. I wrote my very first book when I was twelve-ish.

When I’m not writing–which is seldom–I’m nose-deep in geek culture. I am insane about movies. My favorite part is arguing about them, because whatever opinion you have is definitely not as good as mine. I’m also a big dork for video games. My Steam library is a force to be reckoned with, and my favorite game of the week is Brighter Day.

Other hobbies include tickling my sons until they pass out from giggling, walking the miniature schnauzer (that’s not a euphemism), cuddling my army of black kitties, and eating delicious Italian food from my husband’s family restaurant. I’m also a strict meatarian and consume bacon for two meals every day. Also, I primarily work at two miles per hour whilst walking on my treadmill desk.

Happy reading.

SMReine. com Check out her website for more books.

Book Review: Running into Love

Running into love.pngFawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.

Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?


 

Release date: 26 September 2017

Genre: Romance, contemporary Romance

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I came across this little book when having a look around on Goodreads.  I loved the synopsis, the cover and wanted some light hearted romance.

I am so happy I was approved to read an advanced readers copy of this book.  I absolutely loved it.  In fact if Levi was real I would run into him everyday (wink wink).

This book was a beautiful romance from beginning to end.  The two characters are obviously in love after reading a couple chapters.  I loved reading about them both getting over their stubbornness of not saying  I LOVE YOU, and finally giving into the 3 big words they were both thinking.

Fawn was so funny,  she is a cute, clumsy, shy school teacher who has met a very confident NYPD detective, who dotes on her, and her dog Muffin.
Levi is definitely a very sexy alpha male.  I mean wow, the sex scenes were steamy.  I wouldn’t put this in the genre Erotica, I would definitely recommend this book for a romance, but the sex was still steamy.

I loved both of these characters, their chemistry, their families, and I liked the small background investigation that ties them together.
I definitely recommend this book to you all, there are no love triangles, issues that get in the way of each of them.  Just love.

Like I have said to my Fiancé it was Romantical.
5 stars for this story.

Hannah
xoxox


About the Author

Aurora Rose ReynoldsNEW YORK TIMES WALL STREET JOURNAL AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Aurora Rose Reynolds started writing so that the over the top alpha men that lived in her head would leave her alone. When she’s not writing or reading she spends her days with her very own real life alpha who loves her as much as the men in her books love their women and their Great Dane Blue that always keeps her on her toes.

Book Review: The Couple Next Door

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You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

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Hello and welcome back to another review,  I have now joined Netgalley.  It is all new to me so I feel lost haha, maybe you can all help me a bit here and comment below…..

Anyway I was browsing in Waterstones and came across this book. Since reading The girl on the train I have been really interested in reading more fiction-thriller books.  I stumbled across this book and it was very intriguing.
I don’t always read reviews online and thought I would have a browse on Goodreads….. Not a good idea, most of the reviews on this book were quite negative, especially when it came to the ending, however I loved it.

The common thoughts were that this book had a lot of twists and turns and that the ending just did not seem right, I won’t completely disagree with the ending part, it did come as a little shock however I had a small idea something like that was going to happen- especially as the characters stories were explained.

 I quite liked the book and found it very interesting.  Each character had their own secrets, they were not all spilled at once.  The author gave me insight into each characters life and ended each chapter with a reveal.  Perhaps the ending was a bit rushed.  But it didn’t make me hate the book.

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I found all the secrets very interesting, a very good thriller that kept me turning the pages.  Each plot, twist was well planned and I felt the book had very good structure throughout.  There were constant changes that made me lie awake at night thinking who did it? And why?
That’s what we want from these books right…..

Anne the mother of Cora who was kidnapped is emotional throughout the story.  Mental health was a feature throughout the book, and it brings to light the issues women struggle with when going through Postpartum/ Post natal depression.
I really felt sorry for her, losing her baby, blaming herself and withdrawing from her husband and outside world.  However as I read further into the book I started to question if she ever trusted her husband before the night of the kidnapping because she never really asked him for help, or told him anything about her depression before having the baby.

Marco the father comes across strong on the surface for Anne,  however I felt throughout the book he battled to constantly get the approval of his in-laws, which after a while became a constant theme, over and over again.
Anne’s parents not only helped Marco set up his business but also helped them buy the house.  It’s as if he lives in Anne’s shadow.

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I don’t think this story is far off what would happen in real life, especially when it comes to the media, they would rip people apart with their words.  I feel the author got this section spot on.  However I feel more chapters on the detectives and the investigation would have been interesting.

If you want a light crime/thriller book then this would be good for you, it doesn’t focus on forensics  or the detectives, much but it was a great read.
Very different from the romance books I read, I have found a new genre of books everyone.

Please tell me your thoughts below if you have read the book.  Please follow to see what’s next on Hannah’s Beautiful Fantasy.



About the author

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She has written two award-winning literary novels, and her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, was a New York Times and an international bestseller. A Stranger in the House is her second thriller